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Preparing for Menopause: An Integrative Approach

Guest post by Emma Thake of the Yinova Center, a leading acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice acclaimed for its expertise in women’s health.

Menopause can be a touchy subject; there seems to be so much to dread especially when it comes to symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, headaches, fatigue, and weight gain. While clearly this doesn’t sound like fun, there is some good news. Investing time and effort in your health in the time leading up to menopause can help you sail through menopause more easily.

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Yinova founder, Dr. Jill Blakeway, and Elektra Health Provider, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor are both experts in their field and passionate about supporting people’s health and wellness. Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, who is a gynecologic oncologist and advanced pelvic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, specializes in menopause, sexual health, and quality of life issues related to menopause in the cancer survivor. Dr. Jill Blakeway, acupuncturist and herbalist, and founder of Yinova, has always been passionate about supporting people’s reproductive health and credits much of her success to combining the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine with modern, conventional biomedicine.

They often work collaboratively on patient cases to help bring their patients the best of Eastern and Western medicine, which is why we were so excited for them to join forces for a discussion on menopause, from an Eastern and Western perspective. Their conversation, packed full of helpful information about how to best prepare, covered answers to questions like:

  • Can you explain the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy and alternatives?
  • What are some natural remedies for managing low estrogen and what are some ways to enhance vaginal health?
  • What do I do/eat/supplement once in menopause?
  • How can I minimize symptoms, vaginal dryness & uncomfortable sex?
  • If you have your ovaries removed before menopause as a preventative for ovarian cancer, what would you recommend doing in preparation?
  • Is DHEA safe and should I be taking it?

You can watch that discussion here.

Acupuncture and tailored Chinese herbal formulas can be helpful tools when addressing menopausal symptoms. Here at Yinova, we take into consideration the whole person, knowing that every aspect of someone’s life can be impacted by this challenging and exciting time. If you’d like to schedule a treatment with Jill or anyone from the Yinova team, you can do that here.

Learn more about Elektra Health’s approach to menopause and our options for evidence-based care. You’re also invited to sign up for our free Smash the Taboo email series: 10 days of emails with expert-curated menopause tips and education, delivered straight to your inbox. It’s what to expect when you’re expecting – or experiencing – menopause in less than 3 minutes a day.